Judy Donnelly

Honoring Kathryn McCarthy (1924-2014)

Submitted by Judy Donnelly

In 1968 as a nervous sophomore at Tufts University trying to hide my identity by using initials on homework (my name would have given me away as "the girl"), Dr. McCarthy invited me and a friend to see her lab. The only woman on the physics faculty, she said she studied crystals because they are beautiful. I had thought of physics as useful & interesting but she taught us there is a lot of beauty to see as well. As a teacher I tried to show the beauty of physics to my own students in her honor.

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